Great News! It's Official!

It's official! The Cautioner's Tale is a WINNER!
Hello, and thanks for visiting. I realize it's been quite a while since my last post, but I hope you'll understand I've been fairly busy...
2018 has been a spectacular year for my graphic novel The Cautioner's Tale (Mary Morgan's Journal, Book 1). I'm honored to have received the following awards:
Readers' Favorite 5 Star Award Reviewers' Choice Award from Reader Views New Apple's Award For Excellence in Independent Publishing  American Fiction Award from American Bookfest Readers' Favorite Book Award Bronze Medal
Please click on any award to learn more.
Most importantly, I'm overwhelmed at the help and support I've received from readers and other writers. I greatly appreciate the time you've all taken to read The Cautioner's Tale, and also for letting me know your feelings. If you haven't left your review yet, please do so on You may use this same link to purchase y…

Another Pleasant SurPRIZE!

Hello, and thanks for visiting. It's been a busy week and is about to get even busier in the coming days.

As you can see by this photograph of Erbyn Waryer - a character in my upcoming book The Hero's Tale (Mary Morgan's Journal, Book 3) - I'm under threat to work quickly. Getting back to full speed work on The Hero's Tale after a couple of months renovating a 1905 Victorian can seem like quite a leap when I first consider it, but it's actually a welcome change, like settling back into a favorite old leather chair and wondering, "What have I missed since I've been gone?" By virtue of being an author-illustrator, I not only hear my characters' answers, but most often, I see the characters as well. They are not always pleasant, nor are they patient, but our relationships have their rewards.

Last week, I talked about that swanky silver seal I was awarded from Readers' Favorite for the first book in my Mary Morgan's Journal series, The Cauti…

Old Houses, New Stories

Hello, and thanks for visiting. I'm afraid time has gotten away from me again, so I have a fair amount of catching up to do. 

First, I'd like to say thanks to the good people at Readers' Favorite for all the wonderful reviews of The Cautioner's Tale, the first book in my Mary Morgan's Journal series. It received five 5-star reviews and was awarded this swanky silver seal. 

Here are a few quick quotes, but for the full reviews, please visit the Reviews page on my website: " excellent tale of sabotage, deceipt, and adventure." - Patricia, Readers' Favorite reviewer"...thought-provoking, frighteningly realistic..." - Rosie, Readers' Favorite reviewer"...grim and gorgeous, with just a hint of hope..." - Jack, Readers' Favorite reviewer " exceptional graphic novel - The Cautioner's Tale's artwork is simply stunning..." - Charles, Readers' Favorite reviewer"...amazingly designed...the plot is eng…

New Release: The Rescuer's Tale, Mary Morgan's Journal Book 2!

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. Lots of good things happening here, so I'll jump right in.

First, I'm happy to report The Rescuer's Tale, Mary Morgan's Journal Book 2 is now available on in ebook and paperback formats. It's also part of the Kindle Unlimited program so all you subscribers can read it for free.  Here's a link if you'd like to have a look:

Also, here's a shot of the back cover so you can get an idea what you're in for this time:

Next comes The Hero's Tale, Mary Morgan's Journal Book 3, due out in March of this year. It's well underway and is proving to be a fun and exciting wrap up of the series.  Shown here is a preliminary cover shot which is likely to change slightly prior to publication, but you get the idea. I'm holding off on showing you the interior title page for now because I think it gives away too much of the previous book…

And the winner is...!

Hello again, and thanks for visiting in this busy holiday season. It's been nearly a month since I last posted, so let's get right to it.

In early November, I shared a conundrum with you pertaining to the title page of my upcoming book The Rescuer's Tale (Mary Morgan's Journal, Book 2). I couldn't decide which of two very different pages I should use in the finished product so I left it up to my blog readers, my newsletter subscribers, and also members of the Facebook group Writers Assembled. The response was fun and very enlightening!

As a refresher, here was the first choice I made available:
And this was the second choice: Thanks to so many who responded (predominantly by email via the newsletter), I can say the winner is #1! The race was very close right down to the end when #1 pulled away by about a 10 vote margin. As a result, I've since polished up that page and readied the book for pre-order. You're welcome to have a look at its Amazon page:  The Rescue…

A Snazzy New Book Trailer!

Hello and thanks for visiting again so soon! This will be a quick post just to let you know that very exciting things are happening around here today.  

First, as you can see, I have a new book trailer for The Cautioner's Tale.  It's pretty snazzy, I think, so I hope you'll take a minute (less, actually) to have a look. It's also posted on my website, so if you haven't been there lately, you should probably visit. I've fancied that up a little, too.
Also, I wanted to share some links of a few of the online places where The Cautioner's Tale is now available with special holiday pricing ($2.99):
Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo Smashwords
If you know someone who would enjoy The Cautioner's Tale, please pass on the links, or just gift them a copy. There's now a link in the back of The Cautioner's Tale ebook edition so it's easier to pre-order The Rescuer's Tale, Book 2 in the Mary Morgan's Journal series.
That's it for now. Just wanted to let…

A Preponderance of Pickles

Hello and thanks for visiting. Once again, I've landed myself in a pickle. For the past couple weeks, I've been wrapping up the layout for The Rescuer's Tale (the second installment of the Mary Morgan's Journal series), and while it sits simmering on the back burner awaiting its final edit (12/1), I've been working on the title page. I have two versions. Here's the first:

Please remember this is NOT the book's cover. (That's a pickle for another time.) This is the interior title page. It's the first page a reader will see directly after the copyright page. It shows the title of the book as well as a poem that generally sets the theme for what's to follow. The other items are clues and "evidence" that Mary gathers during her adventure.

I like this image, but my concern is that it's too similar to the title page in The Cautioner's Tale.

Here's a quick side-by-side:

Obviously, the "nameplate" and the upper quote are in …